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Subsidies for African farmers: we've designed a tool to guide spending decisions

By Andrew M. Simons, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Fordham University, Fordham University
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One of the hardest decisions a government must make is who to support with the limited public funds at its disposal. In recent years the largest countries in sub-Saharan Africa have spent between 14% and 26% of combined annual public expenditures on agriculture.

This reflects the fact that governments have prioritised access to fertiliser for rural smallholders.

The purpose of the programmes is to support smallholders so they can supply the growing food needs of the continent.…The Conversation

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